Bowl Depicting a Ritual Figure and Flaming Torches

A work made of ceramic, plaster, and pigment.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of ceramic, plaster, and pigment.

Date:

A.D. 300/600

Artist:

Teotihuacan
Teotihuacan, Mexico

About this artwork

Teotihuacan ceramic vessels were often fired and coated with a fine plaster that was then painted with figures and symbolic elements. This technique was derived from methods employed by mural painters, who covered masonry walls with fine plaster to serve as the ground for large-scale frescoes. The flaming torch may well allude to the ceremony of New Fire, kindled at New Year’s festivals and every 52 years at the inauguration of a new “century” in the native calendar system.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 136

Artist

Teotihuacan

Title

Bowl Depicting a Ritual Figure and Flaming Torches

Origin

Valley of Mexico

Date

300 AD–600 AD

Medium

Ceramic, plaster, and pigment

Dimensions

Diam. 22.5 cm (8 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

African and Amerindian Art Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1968.790

Extended information about this artwork

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